EuroScience Legacy Workshop on Membership Engagement

Mobilizing Support for Science

ESOF2022 onsite workshop: July 13th, 13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Venue: Stadsgehoorzaal, room Breezaal

Speakers:

  • Teresa Fernandez Zafra, Product Manager Gradientech AB & EuroScience Board Member (2018-2022)
  • Theo Karapiperis, EuroScience Board Member (2022-2026)
  • Marja Makarow, President of Academia Europaea & EuroScience Board Member (2018-2022)
  • Carl Johan Sundberg, Professor Karolinska Institute & EuroScience Treasurer (2018-2022)

Organisers: : Christine Heller del Riego, Svend Erik Larsen and Camilla Modéer, Members of EuroScience Board (2018-2022).

Moderators: Christine Heller del Riego – Director of Science Stories, Camilla Modéer – Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Jens Degett – President EUSJA & Editor-in-Chief Science Stories


The role of science-based knowledge in society is essential for its development. We need engaged individuals of member-based collective groups and associations, such as EuroScience, Academia Europaea, EUSJA, MCAA, etc., to help deal with the multiple challenges we face.

The purpose of this workshop is to analyze and understand the motivation of why science-engaged professionals want to participate in organizations, and what are the mechanisms that successfully welcome participation in constructive activities that can make a difference. The workshop is targeted towards EuroScience members, as well as potential members from all areas in which science is produced and/or used, such as researchers, journalists, teachers, politicians, etc.

The workshop will be organized around two questions: (A) Why are such associations needed? Some
answers to this are: (i) to raise awareness of the importance of scientific knowledge; (ii) to encourage
society to consider facts before values and opinions; and (iii) to create positive change for society. (B)
Which activities should be developed or supported? Examples of these are: (i) interactive networks with
new perspectives; (ii) platforms to influence concrete aspects like science policy and politicians,
careers and work conditions, and society’s use of science; (iii) new activities suggested by participants.

Workshop schedule

Workshop participants will be seated at six round tables with mixed backgrounds. Each question will be introduced by two speakers followed by tables discussions. Two feedback plenary discussions will invite three tables to share their views on one of the two questions. The workshop will end with a final discussion to propose recommendations to the new EuroScience Governing Board.

Why does society need science member-based collective groups?
Theo Karapiperis, EuroScience Board Member (2022-2026) – (tbc)
Marja Makarow, President of Academia Europaea & EuroScience Board Member (2018-2022)
Table discussions (15 min)
Feedback plenary discussion with tables 1, 2 and 3 (10 min)

Which activities work the best in promoting engagement?
Carl Johan Sundberg, Professor Karolinska Institute & EuroScience Treasurer (2018-2022)
Teresa Fernandez, Product Manager Gradientech AB & EuroScience Board Member (2018-2022)
Table discussions (15 min)
Feedback plenary discussion with tables 4,5 and 6 (10 min)
Conclusion and recommendations (15 min)

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